BSG Museum Exclusive – Dennys Ilic on the Final Days of BSG, Acting Outlaws, Photography & much more


“The experience people who worked on the show had, is like nothing they will ever experience again. There was an incredible closeness and a sense of family. They were doing something great and they know it, they loved what they were doing.”

~ Dennys Ilic

Dennys Ilic - photo by Aaron R T Smedley used with permission

Dennys Ilic – photo by Aaron R T Smedley used with permission

Dennys Ilic – renowned photographer to the stars – had the privilege of spending the final days of the show on set of Battlestar Galactica. Documenting everything from the day they said action until every actor did their final take on Daybreak, he was invited on set by Michael Rymer, fellow Australian and executive producer on BSG. Ultimately, it was Edward James Olmos who felt the show needed someone to make sure the memories lasted forever.

We at the BSG-M had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Dennys about his experiences on-set, working with the Acting Outlaws, breaking the Hollywood barriers as a photographer and living your passions.

BSGM: First of all, thanks for wanting to do the interview! Tell us how you got to be part of the final days of “Battlestar Galactica”.

Dennys Ilic: I’m actually really good friends with Michael Rymer who invited me to come to the set one day. He’d been working on the show from the very beginning and the show was coming to an end. I was actually just a visitor and I met Eddy (Edward James Olmos) on set who asked me to shoot some photographs. After that, I was just shooting every day for about 4 or 5 weeks.


BSGM: So Edward James Olmos was pivotal in making sure you got to spend that time on the set?

Dennys Ilic: It was a weird set of events, really. I wasn’t specifically hired to do it. I met Eddy and we got along really well. He’s a great guy and he was the one that was instrumental in saying: “Someone has to document the end of the show because no one’s doing it.”


BSGM: And that job was given to you.

Dennys Ilic: In that period of time, I took thousands of photos and videos which also allowed me to make that video that was on my VIMEO channel. So that’s pretty much how it all happened, it was just a coincidence. Then I started meeting the actors and doing photoshoots with them, you know. I’d do a shoot with James Callis and then he would show it to Jamie [Bamber] or the other way around. It just all went from there. Photographing actors just all stemmed from those days I spent on Battlestar Galactica.


BSGM: And how did photography become “your thing”?

Dennys Ilic: It was one of those things that started randomly. I was doing a normal job working retail, selling cameras and one day I decided to buy one of the cameras I was selling. That was only like ten years ago. From then on, I started doing photoshoots of bands and things like that. Next thing I know, I was photographing for Harry Potter and Battlestar Galactica and meeting all these amazing people. You meet someone who knows someone who knows someone else.


BSGM: So it was actually very Hollywood?

Dennys Ilic: Yeah, it’s so different, you know? It’s such a small world. I’m always surprised that, when you go to a party here, there’s always someone there that’s not really supposed to be there or that you haven’t seen in years. It’s amazing. I love L.A. for that reason.


BSGM: When did you realize portrait photography was something you really had a knack for?

Dennys Ilic: I still don’t think I have a knack for it. It’s something that happened without me actually realizing it. You start taking photographs of everything as an amateur photographer. Bands, random things, your dog, cat and eventually without realizing it, you gravitate towards something. You realize you enjoy doing something more than something else. Before I knew, I started taking pictures of actors, or people I should say. I just got enamored with people’s faces. Their eyes, more than anything.


BSGM: What other kinds of photography do you like?

Dennys Ilic: I love photographing live bands. I would say those are my two passions, photographing Rock & Roll bands and photographing people, intimately. Not too much static around me or too many assistants. Just myself and the person I’m shooting and getting to know them. It’s what I love doing.


BSGM: do you have any muse or source of inspiration you keep falling back on?

Dennys Ilic: One thing that inspires me all the time is music. I use music to get me in the mood of what I’m doing. I don’t have a specific muse as in a person. I do have photographers that I love; I have books of them and follow their works. Everything we do in life is a derivative of something else. We can’t make an exact copy of what those people do but we’re inspired by them and do something similar which ultimately, combined with our own style of work, becomes something uniquely to ourselves.


BSGM: Anything genre-specific?

Dennys Ilic: There’s a place for any type of music in your life, whether it’s classical or Rock & Roll or metal. There’s always going to be a mood that fits with the music. I love having music on when I’m shooting or when I’m photoshopping.


BSGM: So you constantly surround yourself with photography?

Dennys Ilic: Yeah. I’m just moving into my place so there’s not a lot here yet. I’m usually surrounded by it; I stick things to the wall so that, even if you’re not physically looking towards the picture, it’s always bombarding you. I like to surround myself with creativity all the time.


BSGM: You’ve spoken about being inspired by some of your favorites, but what or who are they?

Anton Corbijn directing George Clooney in "The American"

Anton Corbijn directing George Clooney in “The American”

Dennys Ilic: Anton Corbijn is one of them. Amazing photographer who also directed “The American” [With George Clooney] which is one of my favorite films. The film was visually stunning. Also Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino. All great photographers, but then there’s a lot of young people, unknown, who do great work too. It’s great to go on Facebook and Twitter and see their stuff. It’s great knowing you’re actually inspiring them and doing work they respect.


BSGM: How does the perfect picture stand out from the average one?

Dennys Ilic:  I think you know when you’ve got the shot, when you capture that moment and you see it. Then you go looking for that one shot through the hundreds of shots you’ve made. But then there’ll be the accidental ones.


BSGM: Any examples?

Dennis Ilic: There’s this fantastic one I have of Daniel Radcliffe where he’s spinning around and he’s actually facing away from the camera. There’s always shots you find that you weren’t aware of while you were shooting. I rarely go through every shot I’ve made during a photoshoot. I’m sure there’s still hundreds of thousands of hidden gems. I just find that one shot and I fixate on it. One day, I’ll be able to go through all of my photographs and see everything else I’ve done.


BSGM: You’re also working on a special Battlestar Galactica book!

Dennys Ilic: Yes I am. When you go to my website, you can find a blog about my time on the show but we’ve got the book… I’d say 90% designed. Now it’s a matter of colorgrading the images, making them good, writing the texts and then there’ll be a beautiful Final Days of Battlestar Galactica Book!


BSGM: We’ve told you, we’ll be the first in line to get it once it comes out!

Dennys Ilic: [laughs] I’ll send you a special autographed edition.


BSGM:
 Moving on, what’s it like working on sets like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Battlestar Galactica as a self-proclaimed geek?

Dennys Ilic: I always tell people we should all try and find a way to make a living out of doing what we love. There’s nothing worse than hating 30% of your day. What could be more hell-like than that? I’ve spent times doing that, you know. We all do because we have to. The big lesson I try to impart on people is that it’s never too late. I went from job to job all my life and I’ve only just recently started doing this, really. I was in my 40s when I bought my first digital camera. I think it was 2002 and I‘ve just been working and building up that brand of Dennys Ilic photography ever since.


BSGM: Would you change anything?

Dennys Ilic: Sometimes I had money and sometimes I didn’t but I wouldn’t change a day of it because everything that’s happened to me in my life built up to this. I’ve met more beautiful and amazing people in this short part of my life than I have in all the years before. That is worth everything else a million times over for me.


BSGM: What – to you – is the best part about your job?

Dennys Ilic: Within common sense, you have to pursue what you want to do. I tell a lot of people, creative people that the great thing about photography is that, whatever it is they’re doing in their job, or whatever they study in school, it’s something you can learn and pick up at any time. You can do it on the side of whatever you do. It’s not like wanting to be a rock star where you have to leave everything and go on the road. On top of everything else, I started when I was in my 40s, imagine where someone can be who starts out when they’re in their 20s or 30s who focuses on this with all their drive and passion.

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“People would think you were odd if you liked Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica”


BSGM: What were you like when you were younger?

Dennys Ilic: I guess I was and still am kind of a geek. The big difference is that when I was a kid and you would tell people about liking Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica, people would think you were odd. Now, we geeks are kind of in the majority. I was that kid in school who was bullied and now look at the biggest shows on the planet. Big Bang Theory, Walking Dead. The biggest movies are the Star Trek movies…


BSGM: And Marvel…

Dennys Ilic: Exactly. Comic Books…I collected comic books till even in my 30s. Most people would say: “you’re just a kid, an idiot for collecting this stupid stuff.” They had no concept of what graphic novels like The Watchmen and V for Vendetta were like. Now it’s all mainstream.


BSGM: Bringing us straight back to movies! Sometimes you’re credited as a “Special Photographer” and sometimes a “Director of Photography”. What’s the difference between the two?

Dennys Ilic: A Special Photographer is someone doing specialist work that isn’t part of the normal thing that happens on a film set. Someone that does unit still or someone that comes in specifically to do work for the posters or the artwork.  The Unit Stills photographer can sometimes be both DP and SP.


BSGM: So a SP is specifically hired for a specific job?

Dennys Ilic: For Harry Potter for example, my work was handling the wide-ranging international publicity shots. They made time for several big magazines to get exclusive shots, but there’s a thousand-and-one other magazines that also like to get their hands on some material for their covers, but the studio can’t do them all. So I would get Daniel Radcliffe for 8 to 10 hours and would try on dozens and dozens of looks and feels to make sure those other magazines also had some exclusive material.


BSGM: And a DP?

Dennys Ilic: That’s a completely different thing. That involves moving pictures. That’s when you’re either the person in charge of the camera operator that shoots the movie or you are the camera operator. The DP or cinematographer is generally the person who designs the lighting and then there’ll be a camera operator that does all the work.

"Face to Face" (2011) by Michael Rymer, cinematography by Dennys Ilic

“Face to Face” (2011) by Michael Rymer, cinematography by Dennys Ilic


BSGM: Which of the two do you prefer, being a DP or an SP?

Dennys Ilic: I’ve been both but I’ve only been a DP for a little while. I’ve always been kind of a private person and the attention and focus you get as a DP or cinematographer by literally hundreds of people isn’t something I enjoy as much as I like taking my camera, going out with an actor and maybe an assistant and connecting with that person standing in front of me. When you’re on a film set, there are 200 people relying on you to get everything together. I shot a film in Bollywood (India) and it was quite a big feature. I also shot with Michael Rymer, producer of Battlestar Galactica and Angel Baby and I was like, I don’t really need to do anything else.  [laughs]


BSGM: You were going full-circle.

Dennys Ilic: I was a big fan of Michael Rymer long before I met him. His movie Angel Baby won several awards and it was his breakout film from Australia. But then I found out he was doing Battlestar, all these weird things started colluding for me to become friends with this person who was re-doing a show that I loved as a kid but also written, produced and directed by someone else that I loved, Ron Moore, who was doing Star Trek. I mean, I got to shoot a movie with him that, mind you, ended up winning 40 or more international awards.

[BSGM Note: Face to Face was a movie directed by Michael Rymer that came out in 2011.  Dennys Ilic was the cinematographer for the movie that stars Vince Colismo, Luke Ford and Matthew Newton. Based on a play by David Williamson, it went on to win 40 international film awards]


BSGM: With some highly critical appraise!

Dennys Ilic: Michael Moore from Bowling for Columbine said it was one of the most important films of 2011.  So it was kind of like “That’s never going to happen again”.


BSGM: In the movie industry, you have a lot of freedom in editing your material. Where do you stand in regards to using Raw material and using editing software in photography?

Dennys Ilic: I think you should always shoot in RAW in photography, but I’m a big fan of post-production tweaking. I have no issue with it. I don’t think it destroys the artistic integrity. We can use it now where it wasn’t available in the past. For me, the most important thing is to make the people I photograph look at their absolute best or in a way that people aren’t used seeing them. I like putting people into outfits or positions people aren’t generally used to seeing them in, showing the world they’re multi-spectral.


BSGM: There’s no such thing as perfect.

Dennys Ilic: When I’m shooting, I’m like a horse with blinders. My peripheral vision is completely gone. It’s when I get behind the computer that I see there’s cans of coke in the background or something. That’s when I count on photoshop to remove the things I’ve missed on the day. I’m not a big fan of that thing some magazines do where people’s features have been completely removed or they’re missing half their body. The thing I’m talking about is colorgrading or repairing things I’ve missed.


BSGM: Which programs do you use?

Dennys Ilic: Photoshop and Lightroom. I’m a big fan of those programs, they make my life easier. I love using Photoshop and I love using Lightroom. also think that if you use them, you should a) pay for them and b) share your knowledge with others. Some people are so afraid of telling others what they use because they’re afraid they’ll be copied. I have no issues with telling people what I use, they can come look over my shoulder at what I do. The best thing you can do for someone is help them achieve their goals. Doing what you’re doing is one thing, but inspiring others and helping them do what they do is the next best thing.
BSGM: One of the things we always say is: “You either love Battlestar Galactica or you haven’t seen it.” But what was it like working on that set and having all-access?

Dennys Ilic: I had access to everything, even though it was a closed set. It was also a very secret set because it was the final episode and they were revealing loads of things that weren’t allowed to leave the studios. I really wasn’t supposed to be there, even. A lot of the usual studio workers weren’t allowed to go in and because of the show being so special; my presence was greenlit by Michael Rymer and his wife Loretta who paved the way for me to be allowed full access. And then being face-to-face with Eddy…


BSGM: He’s pretty much a legend, isn’t he?

Dennys Ilic: For me, there’s Bladerunner and then there’s no other film. When you think about what he brought to that film on so many levels… it was amazing. I loved him and everything he stood for. If you look at everything he’s done, his history and what he’s done during the L.A. riots. He’s just this amazing human being. For me to be in his presence was like that typical moment where your voice cracks and you don’t really know what to say. It was awe-inspiring.


BSGM: And then there was Harvey Frand, who you dedicated the VIMEO video to.

Dennys Ilic: Harvey Frand was one of the executive producers on Battlestar Galactica, another beautiful human being who has since passed. He was really important in cutting through some of the studio interference to let me do what I did. They really allowed me to do my work.

Battlestar Galactica – The Last Days from Dennys Ilic on Vimeo.

 

BSGM: Tell us a story…

Dennys Ilic: there’s so many pictures I’ve tweeted or that are on my website but there’s also others like there’s one of Mary McDonnell and Eddy’s looking at her and he’s crying, he’s got a tear in his eyes and then they finish the scene and everyone’s bawling. That’s what happens, you know. Everyone was doing their last scenes and their characters were either exiting or being killed. It would have been a tragedy if no one was there to shoot it.


BSGM: We’ve heard stories about the awesome set designs at the Battlestar Galactica studios. Were they really that amazing?

Dennys Ilic: It was a privilege just to have seen it, to be part of this iconic, world-changing TV show and, as a geek being on those awesome film sets…because those sets were kind of real. The CIC was completely enclosed and everything worked, it was so cool. If you were walking around the corridors, it was really like walking around a starship. It weren’t break-away stuff and corner sets.


BSGM: And working with that iconic cast and crew?

Dennys Ilic: To see Michael Rymer directing and working was mind-blowing. Meeting Stephen McNutt, the cinematographer of Battlestar Galactica was amazing. He was the person in charge of making Battlestar Galactica look the way it did and he’s truly one of the great cinematographers of this day. The whole world should know a lot more about Stephen McNutt. He would film that show and I’d be looking at the monitors on set and it would look exactly the way I would see it on my DVDs at home, without months of post-production. He was lighting it and doing it all real-time. A lot of people just became good friends like Ronald D. Moore, Eddy Olmos and Tahmoh [Penikett]. Ryan Robbins is one of my dearest friends and probably one of the most decent human beings I know.

Ryan Robbins was both the Armistice Officer in the miniseries as Charlie Connors on BSG

Ryan Robbins was both the Armistice Officer in the miniseries as Charlie Connors


BSGM: We actually didn’t recognize Ryan Robbins the first time he was on the show!

[BSGM Note: Ryan Robbins opened “Battlestar Galactica as the armistice officer in the miniseries then later came back as Charlie Connors in seasons 3 & 4]

Dennys Ilic: I know, it was really bizarre. He opened the show and got killed but they loved him so much that he came back looking like himself. It’s funny because I was on the set and didn’t know anyone. Ryan ends up being one of my closest friends. If anyone is a muse, it’ll probably be him… and Tricia Helfer, who killed him in the miniseries, I get to photograph on several occasions is just mind-boggling.  The conspiracy of this stuff coming together and allowing me to do what I do is all because of beautiful people.


BSGM: You also worked with the Acting Outlaws (Tricia Helfer & Katee Sackhoff) on their charitable calendar. What was that like?

Dennys Ilic: The beautiful and implicit trust I got from Tricia & Katee to do this calendar for them is fantastic. These are busy Hollywood stars. Tricia’s one of the greatest models and Katee’s so busy and for them to say “Hey, we want to make this calendar and we want you to do it” is a beautiful thing. The cliché of Hollywood being a horrible town full of users and abusers is so far from the truth. Those people are everywhere but I’ve met more users and abusers during my time doing retail than I have in the time I’ve been doing this. Spreading goodness is what it’s about.

 

BSGM: What’s the DenDen secret? Is it “Getting along with people”?

Dennys Ilic: I won’t say everybody likes me or gets along with me. You just have a particular personality type. I can be quite particular with my attention to detail. My need for perfection in things might become a little annoying to some people. As a friend of mine keeps saying: “Perfect is the enemy of the completely acceptable”. Something that might be mind-bogglingly good for other people is sometimes nowhere near good enough for me. I think it’s more the fact that I love people and I love photographing people. That passion for other human and my interest in who they are is probably more important. Everyone’s unique in their own way and I’m curious about that stuff.


BSGM: Are there any techniques or light settings you like to use?

Dennys Ilic: I’m a fan of simplicity and natural light. I do what I do because I concentrate on finding great locations with great natural light sources or beautiful windows. That’s why I love L.A. There’s a lot of concrete and there’s a lot of bounce and I can just go there with one or without an assistant. There’s not really a technique other than being chilled and laid back and talking to the people in front of you and every now and again, they’ll do something amazing. I love texture; I don’t like white or black walls. I like decrepit buildings and old gas stations.


BSGM: A darker, creepier edge perhaps?

Dennys Ilic:  I have a darker side to me. If you go to my website, there are not a lot of photographs of people smiling. That’s why I love photographing actors. You can tap into that sort of reflectiveness and they can bring that out for you very easily. I just like rustic, decrepit, depressing locations, I guess. [laughs]


BSGM: So shooting actors is different from doing corporate shoots for example?

Dennys Ilic: Definitely. When you’re on a corporate shoot and you ask them to look down pensively, they’ll most-likely physically look down while actors just bring those skills they have to bring emotions to screen.


BSGM: Do you get negative feedback from time to time?

Dennys Ilic: Sometimes I get messages like: “I’d really like more pictures of Dan[iel Radcliffe] smiling, you should!” and I’m like: “No, I shouldn’t…that’s for someone else to do.” It’s not for me to do because it’s not what I do. On occasions, someone will have a beautiful smile that lights up the room and I’ll do those shots but I’m a little bit more about the dark side.

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BSGM: We haven’t seen any negative comments about your work on the Acting Outlaws calendar! How did that collaboration come together?

Dennys Ilic: It was their idea. I had always wanted to do a joint shoot. I had shot them at separate occasions. I photographed Tricia for the first time, in her home. When you photograph someone whose background is in high-level modeling, there’s not a single wasted shot. When I look at those photographs of Tricia’s shoot, she has this awareness and connection to the camera right down to the sync with the shutter. Your biggest problem is “which one of these 700 perfect shots is more perfect?” I photographed Katee and she’s got this broody, dark edge to it that I fell in love with and then she’s laughing and it’s incredible as well. There’s this beautiful, deep, soulful aspect of her that’s beautiful to photograph. I was talking to her and she wanted to do something a little bit more risqué and with her motorcycle while being wrapped in a sheet or something like that.


BSGM: Then came the time they reached out to you together to make this shoot happen.

Dennys Ilic: Tricia and Katee got together and said “Why don’t we do a shoot together and we’ll make it about us being best friends, about motorbikes and it’ll be for the Acting Outlaws charity. It was their idea to make it that kind of a beautiful setting and it was a bit terrifying for me as well because I’m not used to doing those sorts of risqué shots. Having such amazing people at the other end of the camera made it easy, they were just fun the entire day. I had a great team working with me as well.


BSGM: There were several version of the calendar shoot.

Dennys Ilic: Yes, there were 2 different versions of the shoot. There was a color one and a black-and-white version. That final image of Tricia Helfer & Katee Sackhoff entwined is just like the ultimate shot [smiles]. It were 2 days in the California desert with 2 people I respect and admire and whom I’ve seen on TV all these years.


BSGM: Will there be a 2015 calendar?

Dennys Ilic: There may be. We’ve gone through the photographs from that shoot as best as we can. I might be able to get one more calendar out of the photos I took during the previous one but I’d love to do another photoshoot. I just don’t know what else to do with those guys [laughs].


BSGM: Someone once suggested to us that an Acting Outlaws calendar in the Vancouver snow would be something nice.

Dennys Ilic: That would be cool. Snow is a great place to shoot. From the point of view of doing cool stuff, you’ve got Tricia Helfer floating around in the pool, you’ve got Katee Sackhoff walking on abandoned railroad tracks in the desert…what else do you do? [laughs] But yeah, I would love to do another. It’s probably a bit late in the year now, like, we’d have to do a shoot tomorrow but the calendars available now are always clocking over so people who discover them now, can still get them and it’ll just start from the month you bought it.


BSGM: Is there other stuff available too, other than the Acting Outlaws calendar?

Dennys Ilic: On my personal Redbubble account, there’s the men of sci-fi, the Amanda Tapping and I think a couple of Battlestar Galactica Calendars.


BSGM: What are some of your own, personal favorite photoshoots you’ve done over the years?

Dennys Ilic: All experiences are so different that it’s hard to say “This is my favorite”, but I think it comes down to the people I’ve enjoyed photographing the most. To me, again, going back to people like Ryan Robbins. I’ve done like 2 or 3 photoshoots with him now and every time has been absolutely and completely different. We’re in the midst of talking about doing a really, really cool photoshoot with him and it’s going to be way out there.  Another shoot with Ryan is gonna be completely different than anything else. If I have to name one of my favorite people to shoot, I think I have to name him because he gives so much to the shots and he’s always 100% there.


BSGM: And in the world of Hollywood?

Dennys Ilic:  I think, for me, where it kind of all started in the world of Sci-Fi was with that time I spent on Battlestar Galactica – so doing that is kind of one of the highlights for me. On a whole other scale, photographing Daniel Radcliffe has got to be one of my top-things. You’re not only photographing a young actor who is the number one actor in his age group worldwide but he’s also part of the biggest film franchise in the history of film-making. On a technical level, to be part of that is just mind boggling. Daniel himself, being involved with him during the photoshoots. Getting to know him and his family – they are everything that is good about Hollywood! Decent, kind, beautiful human beings with an extraordinary talent. Daniel’s talent and focus on his work is like nothing I’ve seen before and you can tell by his success as a theatre actor now. He’s on his third major Broadway play and there’s never a negative word about his work, not even as a joke. People are so awestruck by his capabilities as an actor that they don’t even jokingly say something bad about it. Doing stuff like that all kind of started it, with the legitimacy and the credibility you get from working with an actor like that on a film franchise like that helps everything come along. The fact that you get to work with beautiful, down to earth people is all and added bonus.


BSGM: You basically watched Daniel Radcliffe grow up in front of your lens, what was that like?

Dennys Ilic: The first time I photographed him, he was 15 years old. I think he was only 13 the first time I ever met him and now he’s a handsome young man doing amazing work and picking really cool projects. I’m sure that he’s getting asked for so many big blockbuster movies but he’s not going for that, he’s going for the really cool left-centered stuff. “The Woman in Black” was amazing and he played Allen Ginsberg (Kill Your Darling) so masterful and he’s in all these wonderful plays. His career is always a joy to watch develop because he’s not making the obvious choices.


BSGM: What is the equipment that you enjoy using? Is there anything that you have used in the past that you might have regret having used?

Dennys Ilic: I’ve never really regretted anything I’ve ever bought. Everything is cool and anything can do a mind-blowing job for you. Whatever you you use and do is such a learning process and it really makes you better at what you do. If used properly, everything you use can end up giving you a great result.

If I have to say anything, I’d have to say that I wish that technology would have been further advanced when I first started out. For instance, on the sets of Battlestar Galactica – which tended to be really dark – we had to work with what we got. It was really difficult shooting in those low-light conditions. We didn’t have any really decent (photo)cameras with a video function so we did a lot of the behind-the-scenes filming with one of those little snappy cameras. I would love to be able to say that this-or-that is the “ideal equipment”, but there is no such thing. For instance, there’s a magnificent photographer in Germany who takes her pictures with cameras of $500-$600 and a $100 lens and her work is amazing! Her work is really next-level stuff. She was one of my assistants during a few of my shoots. She really brought home, for me, the fact that you really can do cool stuff with anything

I tend to use premium stuff. I use a lot of Canon but I also know a lot of photographers using Nikons.


BSGM: So it’s not always the equipment that’s instrumental in getting the shot?

Dennys Ilic: The way you use your equipment is one of the most important factors in the outcome of your shoot. I’m a big fan of longer lenses because they put great concentration on your subject and really keep the background out of focus. I use 70-200 mm lenses during a lot of my portrait shoots. But I often try new things and equipment as well. Different cameras process things in a different way so it’s always interesting to see what other equipment does to your work.

My dream camera is the Monochrom M. I would love Leica to give me one of those, but that’s probably a bit much to hope for. I will eventually buy one but I’m a big fan of it and the stuff you can do with it.


BSGM: So to round up, a final conclusion to what it was like working on Battlestar Galactica?

Dennys Ilic: The experience that people who worked on the show had is like nothing they will ever experience again. There was an incredible closeness and a sense of family. They were doing something great and they know it, they loved what they were doing.

 

BSGM: Some behind the scenes from the Acting Outlaws photoshoot!

 

Dennys has been kind enough to send us some never-before published shots from the final days of Battlestar Galactica!
You can either view them as a slideshow here, or click on the slideshow to go to the full-sized images!

We would like to thank Dennys Ilic for his time in answering these questions!

Please, also check out the following links:

Dennys Ilic photography official website

Dennys Ilic photography official website

Buy the Acting Outlaws Calendar

Buy the Acting Outlaws Calendar

Other Dennys Ilic Redbubble Items

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You can find Dennys Ilic on twitte(@dennyden), and you can follow the Acting outlaws if you want to stay updated about more calendar & charitable news  (@ActingOutlaws)

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